The Corporette Workwear Hall of Fame

corporette workwear hall of fameWelcome to The Corporette Workwear Hall of Fame! I started this blog in 2008 -- and I've been fascinated to see how, every so often, a company gets such a rave response to a dress, bag, or blazer that they keep producing the item, year after year.  There may be new colors or patterns, or slight adaptions like pockets or sleeves -- but in general it's the exact same product.  These classic, best-selling styles are exactly the pieces you want to use to build your work wardrobe.  We always mention the Hall of Famers in our biweekly Hunts (where we go on the Hunt for a classic workwear piece), but I thought it would be great to collect some of these heavy hitters into one easy place for readers to review the items.  Thus: the Corporette Workwear Hall of Fame was born.

Workwear Hall of Fame: Sleeveless Ponté Sheath Dress

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

washable ponte sheath dress for workWe’ve featured this dress in a million roundups for sheath dresses, but I don’t think we’ve ever featured it for our morning workwear reports — at least not in its most basic version, pictured.  If you’re not familiar: this is the Lands’ End ponte sheath dress.  It has pockets. It’s washable. It’s $69-$79 full price (but on sale today!). It comes in petite, tall, and plus sizes. It is so wildly popular that it comes out in a zillion new patterns and colors every season, as well as an offshoot of dresses that are very similar but for some additional design element, like a keyhole neckline or sleeves.  Today, regular, petite, and tall sizes are on sale for $40-$45. Nice! Sleeveless Ponté Sheath Dress

(There’s free shipping on $50+ — if you’re looking for something else to add to your cart, consider their shaped scoopneck tees, or the reader favorite supima cardigans. If you happen to be busty they have a great selection of DD/DDD swimsuits.)

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Coffee Break: ‘Del’ Pump

Tan Work Pump: Corso Como 'Del' PumpYou know, we have featured this shoe a zillion times over the years in posts for The Hunt and as commentary in other posts, but we’ve never featured it in a dedicated post. Women love this $98 pump, and it’s one of the usual suspects if you’re looking for a new, basic pump for interviewing or regular office wear — and can comfortably walk in 3.5″ heels. It’s available in sizes 4-12, medium and wide widths, in four colors: caramel (pictured), beige, black, and black patent. (If you’re looking for a more trendy pointed toe with a slightly lower (3″) heel, try the $98 Flex pump from Kors — another highly-rated usual suspect in this price range.) Corso Como ‘Del’ Pump

Need a narrow-width option? This pump is on sale right now (50% off!) at Nordstrom.

Ladies, have you checked out our recently updated Guide to Comfortable Heels? Which are your favorite basic heels?

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Workwear Hall of Fame: Gayle Pumps

Calvin Klein Gayle PumpsPeople seem to LOVE these Calvin Klein pumps, and it’s easy to see why — a really classic style, tons of color options (evergreen suede is pictured here, but there are tons of colors in matte leather, textured leather, suede, and patent). I’m not usually one for blingy accents, but I do like the metallic accent at the heel (on some colors it’s silver, on some it’s gold).  Nice.  They’re $99 at Zappos and Nordstrom, available in sizes 5-11 (but Amazon has some lucky sizes as low as $49.)  Calvin Klein Gayle

2017 Update: We’re adding these shoes to our Workwear Hall of Fame! They’ve been around for years and continue to win rave reviews.

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Workwear Hall of Fame: ‘Flex’ Pump

Michael Michael Kors 'Flex' Pump | CorporetteWe’ve featured these reader-approved, comfortable, affordable Michael Michael Kors Flex Pumps on the blog before, but I just noticed that they’re newly stocked at Nordstrom, so I thought I’d feature them again. They’re available in multiple lovely colors (select sizes and styles available on Amazon), and the calf leather has a nice texture to it. It’s also nice that the toe is pointed, as is the trend right now. They’re $99, available in sizes 5-11. Michael Michael Kors ‘Flex’ Pump

2017 Update: These pumps have been around so long they are now in our Workwear Hall of Fame! They are loved by readers for their comfort and style, and come in several colors.


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Workwear Hall of Fame: The Nudes

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

best-nude-pantyhoseIn every discussion we’ve had on this site about pantyhose, including polls on your favorite lingerie brands for work, one brand is repeated over and over again: The Nudes.  I mentioned it in my Nordstrom sale roundup for workwear yesterday, but it’s really deserving of a post in its own right.  It comes in regular and plus sizes, in seven different shades of “nude” — the brand has control top, toeless, sheer to waist, and “toner” hosiery, which apparently is somewhere between control top and sheer to waist.  A package is normally $20, but during the sale they’re marked to $14.90 — you can also get 3 packs for $39, bringing the price-per-package down to $13.  Nice.  Donna Karan ‘The Nudes’ Control Top Hosiery

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2016 Update: These have been such a hit over the years that they’re now in our Workwear Hall of Fame!


Workwear Hall of Fame: Regent Blazer in Linen

J.Crew Linen Regent Blazer | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

My goodness: this linen blazer come in NINE colors (and at least three more patterns). That is confidence, folks. My favorites are the lemon yellow and tidewater, but the “autumn bluegrass,” pictured, is also lovely. The blazer comes in regular, petite, and tall sizes, and is fully lined. It’s $178, full price. J.Crew Regent Blazer in Linen

Here are a lower-priced alternative and plus-size option.

2016 Update: This blazer is now in our Workwear Hall of Fame! Year after year it comes out in great colors and prints in a variety of fabrics, often great for summer. Looking for ideas for how to wear it? Check out our roundup of work outfit ideas for summer blazers.

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